If you’re a mama who loves art, design and supporting small makers and businesses we know you are going to LOVE Candice Cox of Candid Art Kids! This mama and small business owner specializes in the most beautiful quilts and quilted jackets for little ones that feature original artwork. Her pieces are ethically made using sustainable fabrics with fun, bold designs that any kiddo will love! Candice is our most recent collaborator in our Artist Series and has designed a special Bubble Bath bottle just for us! This limited edition look in our delicious Raspberry Black Currant scent is sure to bring tons of artsy fun to your bathtime routine. Read on below to learn more about Candice, her artistic process, and the advice she has for other mamas who are looking to pursue their passions—whatever they may be!
Q: Tell us about you!
A: I was born and raised in Oakland, Ca in a family of 6. I was always a creative child and my first love of art was drawing. From there I played the piano, the flute, danced and even sang in the Gospel Choir. I attended Howard University where I received a Bachelors in Marketing. I worked in corporate American for 7 years and wasn’t happy there, so I quit my job in pursuit of something different in New York. Shortly after moving to Brooklyn, I started CanDid Art in 2011 after learning how to make jewelry via YouTube. With little knowledge of the fashion industry, I hit the ground running by attending trade shows and events which eventually led to my jewelry being carried at the Smithsonian. My passion for living a life of creativity was finally starting to be fulfilled, but I was still hungry for more.
Q: How did Candid Art Kids come to be?
A: After having my daughter in 2017, I was gifted a custom baby quilt. This quilt had images of a black woman with natural hair and I knew then that I wanted more baby nursery decor that was customized like this. This led me to start drawing again after 15 years and I couldn’t stop. Once I was content with my designs I decided I wanted to make a quilt! I then debuted them at West Coast craft. A woman stopped by my booth to purchase earrings that same day, she was wearing a Mara Hoffman quilted coat and I knew then that I had to make quilted jackets for kids. So I did and here we are!
Q: Where do you draw inspiration for your patterns?
A: The African Diaspora and Cosmic Geometry. My love of natural and organic shapes give me the desire to create bold patterns.
Q: How has your creative process changed since becoming a mother?
A: I started creating my kids line after the birth of my daughter but since she’s gotten older, I don’t get the freedom of drawing so much in the middle of night because I’m exhausted from the day of keeping up with my little one! I still have creative visions throughout the day, especially in the middle of the night and then I draw them out on my phone.
Q: What mamas or brands do you admire in the creative and small business space?
A: There are so many that are inspirational brands and mamas but I would say my top 5 that I admire are Misha and Puff, Jabellafleur, Motereta, Raspberry Plum and Myliek.
Q: What advice do you have for other mamas looking to set goals and find passions outside of motherhood?
A: Try anything! If you ever wanted to take a class, or indulge in an experience just do it, because you never know what idea may arise from that. Also look to your children for the answer. My daughter is the reason I started my brand and your children can ignite creativity and passion that you didn’t know you had.
Q: What’s coming next for Candid Art Kids??
A: Expanding the kids line by adding separates, a mommy and me line that will have matching pieces and a women’s line.
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